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A quicker and more convenient travel to and from the center of the metropolis can look forward upon the construction of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line-7 which will benefit the people and residents from Quezon City, Caloocan City, Bulacan, and neighboring areas in the north.

President Benigno Aquino-III

Today, a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the MRT Line-7 has just held at the Quezon Memorial Circle and has been attended by President Benigno S. Aquino III, DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya and Ramon Ang, president of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), the parent company of contractor Universal LRT Corporation (ULC).(Read the President’s speech at the event)

Ramon Ang says they are expecting to finish MRT Line 7 Project in 3 to 4 years time.

Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Jun Abaya said, “The long-awaited MRT-7 will serve commuters who ply the heavily congested Commonwealth Avenue area for work and school on a daily basis. The new railway system will not only significantly lessen travel time along this corridor but also help decongest traffic in Caloocan and NLEX.”

The project has valued P69.30-billion pesos which include the construction of a 23-km railway system with 14 stations from North Avenue, Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

MRT Line-7 Image - Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

Upon completion, It will accommodate 350,000 daily passengers and shorten travel time from the current 3.5 hours on the road to one hour and eventually 800,000 travelers for every day will benefit once full project upgrades are made.

Part of a bigger transportation network includes an integrated transportation system project which covers the development of the railway system, a 22-km highway from the NLEX Bocaue interchange, and an intermodal transport terminal (ITT) adjacent to the San Jose del Monte Station. Commuters can take public utility vehicles (PUVs) or private cars and use the new highway from NLEX, alight at the ITT, and board the MRT-7 going to North Avenue, Quezon City. - Jason E. / DOTC